Mood Food – Good for the Body, Mind and Soul
The link between what we eat and our health is shifting to new heights. It’s no longer about just ingredients, fuel for the body or physiological health benefits. Consumers are recognising the effect of food on mood and mental health.
Interesting products were launched in the functional foods and ‘purposeful nutrition’ space in 2017 and the trend is set to continue in 2018.
Here’s our pick of mood foods . . .
1. ‘Fly well’ food and drinks
In 2017, Monarch Airlines launched a new menu of healthy ‘mood food’ to help anxious customers. The airline teamed up with food psychologist Charles Spence and chef Jozef Youssef of Kitchen Theory, which creates multi-sensory culinary experiences, to develop a lineup of mood-enhancing snacks aimed at reducing traveller stress.
Prior to take off, passengers were offered a dish of black Echinacea and licorice ice cream, which can reportedly help boost one’s immune system to better protect from other passengers’ coughs and colds.
Once seated and ready for takeoff, green tea and lavender mochi rice cakes offered a healthy way to help travellers calm down to relax and get to sleep faster.
Approximately 30 minutes after takeoff, passengers are then treated to custom-blended herbal tea, which features chamomile, fennel seed and kelp among its key ingredients.
Shortly before arrival, passengers were given a sweet treat in the form of a mushroom and tomato powder-coated caramelized nut bar, which tasted better than it sounds to help boost energy on arriving at their destination.
We’re sad that Monarch has folded, but we love this idea and hope other airlines will follow suit.
2. High Mood Food – grab-and-go
High Mood Food is a new pure food artisanal cafe with a veg-centric approach.
Offering probiotic-friendly food, earth loving ethics and a flexitarian outlook, the cafe’s dishes are enriched by fermented foods that produce B vitamins and beneficial bacteria for optimal digestion. Now you can grab-and-go immune boosting and highly energizing Mood Food that is nourishing for both the brain and the gut.
3. Mood Boosting Cocktails
In case you’re wondering what this is . . . it’s Bart’s Bar’s Focus, a “stimulating, alert-boosting cocktail” made with smoked wheat coffee beans, Kamm & Sons blend of herbs, spices, fruits, berries, leaves and flowers, hazelnut syrup and Bob’s Bitters.
Happiness, Relaxation and Focus are three cocktails on the London based bar’s Mood Menu. Each drink uses special serotonin-rich ingredients which have been scientifically proven to help improve the body and mind. Serotonin is often called the “happy molecule” and it is the brain’s natural way of feeling elated.
Barts’ Happiness cocktail is loaded with strawberries, lemon, cherry tomatoes, maraschino cherries, sugar, basil leaves, pepper and Belvedere Vodka . . . to help release endorphins that will make you feel elated and centered.
Their Relax cocktail contains Barts’ camomile elixir, lavender extract, lemon guise, cardamom and Zafferan Tanqueray . . . rich in calcium and magnesium to alleviate stress.
4. Healthy Decadence
When the founders first started thinking about Fulfil, they were looking for a protein bar that actually tastes good. Fulfil now provide a wide range of “vitamin and protein bars”, including the healthy and indulgent triple choc deluxe snack filled with 20 grams of protein, less than 3 grams of sugar and, more importantly, “100% RDA of 9 multivitamins.” Yuuummmm feel fulfilled!
5. ‘Mellow’ Refreshment
Denver based Marley Beverage Company produce Mellow Mood teas and sparkling waters, a natural and uniquely refreshing way to relax, that “help give you the clarity of mind to find your inner calm and be full present in the moment’. How chilled is that!
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